News tagged with pest

Reducing pesticides and boosting harvests

Scientists in Italy are experimenting with sound vibrations to replace pesticides. Adapting different eco-friendly methods they are able to boost harvests and open up a new chapter in sustainable farming.

dateSep 17, 2014 in Ecology
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Hidden crop pest threat to poorer nations revealed

The abundance of crop pests in developing countries may be greatly underestimated, posing a significant threat to some of the world's most important food producing nations, according to research led by the University of Exeter.

dateFeb 10, 2014 in Ecology
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Predators delay pest resistance to Bt crops

Crops genetically modified with the bacterium Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) produce proteins that kill pest insects. Steady exposure has prompted concern that pests will develop resistance to these proteins, making Bt plants ...

dateMar 04, 2014 in Ecology
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Flies of the world embrace vegetarianism

(Phys.org)—Microbe-eating flies from at least three different locations around the world recently have evolved into herbivores, feeding on some of the most toxic plants on Earth. Fly detectives and UA evolutionary biologists ...

dateJan 29, 2013 in Evolution
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